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Three times each week I traveled from State College with my vehicle filled with cow, pig and sheep heads provided by a slaughterhouse in Mill Hall. Fortunately, I was allowed to use the unfinished I-80 right-of-way between Milesburg and Snow Shoe, saving much time. The animal heads were distributed at the baiting sites and attracted a variety of carrion eaters, including turkey vultures, ravens and raccoons but, initially, no bears. Then one summer day, at a baiting site located at the head of White Oak Draft, I noticed the cow head I had left two days prior was missing. Something had picked up the 40-pound head and carried it off. A thorough search of the trails leading into the area revealed the skull some 70 yards from the baiting area — a bruin had finally found one of the baiting areas. Previous bear trapping efforts carried out by Game Commission personnel had used conventional culvert traps, basically a drain culvert pipe on wheels, to relocate nuisance animals that raided beehives or cornfields. My research study introduced ear-tagging to this effort, to better keep track of such nuisance animals. I was on call with district game protectors who trapped nuisance bears. My job was to administer an immobilizing drug, tag the bear and collect physical data, such as weight and body measurements. In one case, with the help of DGP George Miller, we were able to tag an entire family of four bears at a garbage dump near Cook Forest State Park. This was an important accomplishment, because I was able to tag three cubs, providing us for the first time with known-age bears in a wild population. Such animals are AFTER EXAMINING this immobilized 350-pound bear, the author tagged and released it in northern Forest County. invaluable to a wildlife manager. Bears in captivity behave and develop differently than free ranging bears, so growth data from zoo animals is not usable for managing wild populations. Our trapping efforts in the Wycoff Run study area involved the use of Aldrich spring-activated snares rather than culvert traps. These snares place a steel cable loop around the bear’s leg when triggered. Whenever a bear stepped in a snare, we figured, the reaction could be violent, so we did not anchor our snares to trees, to reduce the chances of the bear breaking its leg. Instead, each snare was attached, using a ¼-inch airline cable, to a 6-foot length of heavy chain, on the end of which were two large steel grappling hooks to serve as drags. Most bears trapped in this manner left a clearly defined trail that led a short distance to where the drags had become entangled in roots and tree stumps. Snared bears, we discovered, destroyed everything in their reach, leaving a circular area approximately 25 feet in diameter completely devoid of vegetation, including small diameter trees. I’m sure it would have been a quite a spectacle to witness. Initially the snares were located in GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB1
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover3
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